Ottawa's Martin Havlat: Senator Shifts into High Gear for Playoff Stretch by NHL | Mar. 5, 2004
In every league, there are the "Haves" and the "Have-nots," but the NHL is the only league that has Martin Havlat. The Ottawa Senators' sensation is one of the most dynamic young players in the NHL. He was selected as the 26th overall pick in the 1999 NHL Draft, and immediately made an impact on the pro-level. After lighting the lamp for the first time in NHL against the Toronto Maple Leafs on October 14, 2000, Havlat went on to add 18 more goals and 23 assists—good enough to finish as a rookie of the year finalist. Since then, the crafty right winger has earned more playing time and increased his production in every offensive category in each of the past two seasons. After scoring 24 goals and adding 35 helpers last year, Havlat is currently on pace for his first 30 goal / 40 assist season.
The 6'1 Czech is one of the biggest reasons for Ottawa's resurgence after a slow start in the East, and his success will be very important during the team's chase for the Stanley Cup this spring. Havlat has a habit of scoring clutch goals, goals that could mean the difference between some quality time with the Stanley Cup and a disappointing off-season. In fact, he averaged 5 game-winning-goals in each of his first 3 seasons and he has already matched that total this season with plenty of time to spare. More importantly, Havlat already has 4 game-winning-goals and 18 points in 34 playoff games—numbers that impress coaches and win championships. The 22-year-old hopes to add a Stanley Cup to his trophy case that already includes the two gold medals that he won with the Czech Republic in the World Championship and the World Junior Championship in 2000. Find out this spring if Martin Havlat and the rest of the Senators can reclaim the Cup!
At what age did you start playing hockey? Five
What do you do when you don't have a hockey game? I like to watch movies, listen to music and hang out with my friends.
Do you play any musical instruments? No
What is the greatest compliment a fan could pay you? Compliments on my play-making or on a nice goal.
How many languages do you speak? Two - English and Czech.
If you went to a NHL game as a spectator, which player would you most want to see on the ice? Jaromir Jagr (NY Rangers)
As a player, which opposing player would you NOT want to see on the ice? There is at least one on every team! There are so many good players.
Do you have a favorite childhood memory? Growing up there were so many great hockey memories, it's hard to choose just one.
Do your teammates have any nicknames for you? What are they? Some players call me 'Kicking Bird' (character in the movie "Dances with Wolves") because of my latest hairstyle. Also, fans call me 'Mach 9' due to my speed.
Do you have any brothers or sisters? Yes, I have a brother (Slava) and a sister (Lenka).
Have you asked any other players for autographs since entering the NHL? Yes - I've asked many to sign memorabilia for charities.
When was the first time anyone ever asked you for your autograph? When I was 17, playing for my hometown team Trinec (Czech Elite League).
Dogs or cats? Dogs!
Name: Martin Havlat
Hometown: Mlada Boleslav, Czech Republic